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Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy show will premiere on Netflix in August

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Disenchanted is about a hard-drinking princess and ‘how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots’

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Matt Groening’s animated epic fantasy series has a release date: Netflix has revealed that Disenchantment will premiere on August 17th. The company also shared a handful of pictures that show off an art style that will be familiar to anyone who’s watched Futurama or The Simpsons.

Netflix officially announced the series last year. It’ll follow a “hard-drinking young princess” named Bean, an elf companion named Elfo, and her personal demon named Luci as they encounter all manner of fantasy creatures in a magical kingdom known as Dreamland. Netflix ordered 20 episodes of the show; the first 10 will premiere this year.

Groening noted last year that the show will be about “life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

Hopefully, it’ll fill the hole that Futurama left when it formally ended in 2013 (although it lives on through a mobile game and a one-off podcast episode). Disenchanted certainly looks as though it’ll be approaching fantasy in the same manner that Futurama did science fiction: a show that loved the genre but also poked fun at its more ridiculous parts. We’ll find out in a few months.